Sunday, 4 March 2012

GB Rider Profile; Mary King

Mary King is an eventer and I have seen her a number of times at Badminton Horse Trials. One thing that always stands out about her is that she smiles all the way round the cross country course. I am writing this a bit before I plan to post it but she is currently ranked number one by the FEI at eventing.

Mary King was born in 1961 and started riding on a vicar's pony. When she was 12 years old she said she went on a trip with the Pony Club to Badminton Horse Trails and was enthralled, "from that moment I knew I wanted to win it", she said. She then went on to get a job on an eventing yard where her riding skills developed. 

She has been to five Olympics and collected a team silver in Athens 2004 and a team bronze in Hong Kong 2008. She won a gold medal at the Kentucky World Equestrian Games in 2010. She has four European team gold medals. She won Badminton Horse Trials in 1992 and again in 2000. I think I might have been there in 2000 because this was around the time when I used to go and I remember Mary King being one of the big riders competing. 

In 2001 she had a riding accident in which she broke her neck. This did not deter her and she carried on competing as soon as she could. She is definitely a very brave rider!

 Mary King is also sponsored by Joules  which is one of my favourite brands. She also has a daughter, Emily who is sponsored by Joules and does eventing. I think her daughter is 15 years old. Mary King has written a number of books and has her own computer games and games for the wii! I used to have the first one for the computer when I was younger! She currently lives in Devon.

She currently has a number of horses she is riding including Imperial Cavalier, Kings Temptress and Appache Sauce. 

Mary King is not only a brilliant rider but she seems like a really nice person. I wish her the best of luck for the Olympics!

None of these images belong to me.

Love Laura

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